Talybont North is one of the cheaper halls of residence and some may see this as an incentive to chose it, however personally I would rather pay a little extra and get more for my money. On arrival, my shower didn't work, and within a week I had to have my shower head replaced, my handle fixed, and my flat also experienced problems with access to hot water for at least 3 days. The location is ideal in terms of getting to and from Tescos, being just around the corner, however to walk to lecture buildings requires walking through the whole of Talybont South and Court which is a journey in itself! The rooms aren't very spacious but you soon adapt, however I didn't quite believe it was 'medium' on arrival, and was shocked at the 'ensuite' which is effectively a wet room. Perhaps if my shower worked from the beginning and there had been no problems with hot water, my opinion of Talybont North would be more positive!
It is ridiculously overpriced in comparison to the standards of house you can get for the same price! Its toooooo far away from uni, especially on those days where the rain is POURING. The maintenance are very quick and great at sorting out any problems you have, the showers in the wet rooms are crap. The receptionists are awful to deal with, don't ever think picking up a parcel will be a quick ordeal. The cleaners are good to the extent that they do exactly whats on there job description - no more or no less - regardless of the fact you may have all your spices neatly lined up along the windowsill they WILL be moved so the sill can be wiped. They also aren't shy to yell, bang on your doors and wake you up at 9am to take out your bins. Common room/ social spaces are non existent. Social experience, outside of my lively flat, north is not the most sociable of areas to stay and can get very grumpy if you're belting out take that at 4am on a wednesday night...
I currently live in one of the refurbished blocks which is a lot nicer than some of the others. It's about a 20 minute walk to the main building, 30 minutes from central station but the bonus is you have McDonald's right behind you! It's definitely good value for money. Taly North was my 4th choice accommodation, but now I'm here I'm so happy with my flat.
I do not dispute that Talybont North is not the best quality of halls but the year I lived there was best year of my social and uni life, despite the small space these halls have such vast potential to become the home away from home that makes first year of university so easy and bearable.
The houses that haven't been refurbished (such as mine) are vile, there is mould growing all over the walls and slugs appearing in the bathrooms. The refurbished houses are good value for money but it's not worth the 50% chance of being stuck in a house barely better than a cardboard box.
It was a bit too far from the uni really, quite annoying to have to walk at least twice a day so better if you have a bike. The bedrooms and kitchen were extremely small but it was nice having an en-suite bathroom. Very social halls, lots of going out and house parties so really fun but not good if you want to sleep ever.
They give you a huge fee at the end with charges for anything at all, even damanges you reported at the start. Advertised WiFi, no WiFi. Seal on the pven was broken, reported it, nothing was down, melted the cupboard door and was charged for the damage.
Had the best first year I could have possibly hoped for in taly north. It is definitely the most sociable halls which is exactly what you want for freshers. The rooms are tiny and your kitchen's ways going to be a state but simon will always come in and let you know when you really need to take the bins out so you don't get fined or anything. The cleaners are super lovely and will always come and have a chat and the maintenance men are fab too if your heating won't work or whatever. Once you've settled in it's literally the best place to be and there'll always be prinks at at least one of the flats in your house every night which is a great way to get to know everyone.
Everythings brilliant apart from the ghostly voice between the hours of 5:30 / 7ish in room 5 , i cant sleep through it its terrifying, no explanation on the web. Says two words cant make them out, really quiet, sounds like coming from room above.
Have been without hot water for at least 3 weeks over the 2 semesters. Hadn't been cleaned on arrival. Wifi very inconsistent. All the cleaner does is vacuum the hallway. Although the social side is good because there's always something going on without it being as noisy as Talybont South where on most days you can't get to sleep until early morning.
Nothing is acceptable apart from the humans living in the buildings - in fact they're more than lovely. I really hope cleaners next year do their job. You can't imagine how much we cleaned when we first moved in. It was horrible.